Daily Archives: May 15, 2014

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 15, 2014

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With roughly 25% of the season already in the books, the AL East is hovering around .500.

For the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays, this is a chance to take the Division and run with it. Push the chips all in NOW!

That and an interesting trade by the A’s on  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Masahiro Tanaka, David Murphy, Doug Fister, Hunter Pence, Brandon McCarthy, Nelson Cruz and Chris Johnson all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball.

 

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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series – Updated For Week 7 + Best Value Bets

I sound like a broken record, but where is the love for this team.  Okay, they may not win this thing, but at +4500, and they have an easy AL Central schedule for the rest of the year, great pitching - and could trade for a batter.  Best Value on the Board - rated as the 19th longest shot.

I sound like a broken record, but where is the love for this team? Okay, they may not win this thing, but at +4500, and they have an easy AL Central schedule for the rest of the year, great pitching – and could trade for a batter. Best Value on the Board – rated as the 19th longest shot.

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For my best bets last week – I was 4 – 0 – 1.  Cleveland has stayed at +8000, TB has risen from +3300 to this week +3000.  The Pirates went from +6600 to +5000 and the Orioles went from +4500 to +4000.  I was also right on the the Royals going from +5000 – +4500.

With the +4500:  This is pretty stupid considering KC is 20 – 19, and would be considered tied for the Wild Card Spot.  Clearly with the White Sox, Twins and Indians, they have one of the better strength of schedules favoring them.

Also, love Yordano Ventura becoming better as the year carries on, and have Danny Duffy pitching frames again as a starter.  The offense is starting to heat up a little bit.  They will be my best bet of this week.

I went 2 – 2 – 1 with my worst odds on the board, as the A’ stayed the same for yet another week.  The Angels proved me wrong by climbing from +1400 – +1200 and SF shot up from +1400 all the way to +1100.

I had the Marlins on the way down, and they plummeted from +6600 last week to +12500 this week,

Toronto also went from +2800 + 3000 In my favor.

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The Cardinals Struggles In 2014 So Far Might Point To Accumulation Of Roster Changes Since 2011

After St. Louis won the 2011 World Series, they lost their world class 1B Free Agent player in Albert Pujols.  It was the right move, and Michael Wacha was the compensation pick, so one wouldn't even make the trade for the Cardinals former legend.  However much like the Mariners in the late 90's lost Johnson,  Griffey and Rodriguez, that team had a league record 116 wins in 2001.  The Cards have back to back NLCS Appearances, and lost the World Series in 2013, however despite being chalked with young talent, is that they still have lost several key components to their team in the last 3 years.  Somewhere the franchise might have to slow down for a brief spell.

After St. Louis won the 2011 World Series, they lost their world class 1B Free Agent player in Albert Pujols. It was the right move (10 YRs/$250 MIL is too much), and Michael Wacha was the compensation pick, so one wouldn’t even make the trade for the Cardinals former legend. However much like the Mariners in the late 90’s lost Johnson, Griffey and Rodriguez, that team had a league record 116 wins in 2001. The Cards have back to back NLCS Appearances, and lost the World Series in 2013, however despite being chalked with young talent, is that they still have lost several key components to their team in the last 3 years. Somewhere the franchise might have to slow down for a brief spell.

In no way am I going to slag the best run franchise in the MLB.  We are talking about the quintessential template of how to run your team in the modern world of baseball.

All I am projecting in this article is that every team goes through a stretch of play where they may not be performing to capabilities.

Some of these problems may even persist for a whole campaign.

The 2011 Cardinals won the World Series, and then after losing their future hall of fame legend in Albert Pujols, were able to bring in Free Agents Carlos Beltran to help offset the power headed out the door.

The move paved the way for another final four finish.  In fact, St. Louis held a 3 – 1 NLCS lead before the Giants won 3 straight.

2013 saw their young players come to fruition at the same time, and it mixed perfectly with their cagey Veteran core.

The organization had 6 players in the top 100 prospects as listed by http://www.mlb.com – and most of them have seen time with the big club thus far. Read the rest of this entry

2014’s Top HR Hitters In The MLB: HR Streaks (3 Active): (Ortiz, Solarte, Donaldson) + Abreu’s Monster Start In 2014

 

For the 2nd straight game David Ortiz clubbed 2 HRs against his former team the Twins.  The big Red Sox DH now is tied for 2nd in the AL with 11 HRs (with Nelson Cruz).  The 38 Year Old Designated Hitter is pulverizing the ball of late, and has shown no signs of slowing down.  This bodes well for Boston, who can use the automatic advantage Ortiz gives them at a position that is struggling to find players that thrive in.

For the 2nd straight game David Ortiz clubbed 2 HRs against his former team the Twins. The big Red Sox DH now is tied for 2nd in the AL with 11 HRs (with Nelson Cruz). The 38 Year Old Designated Hitter is pulverizing the ball of late, and has shown no signs of slowing down. This bodes well for Boston, who can use the automatic advantage Ortiz gives them at a position that is struggling to find players that thrive in.  The LHB has sipped champagne after winning 3 World Series with Boston, and with the way he is slugging of late, the Beantowners will be back atop the AL East Division rather shortly

David Ortiz not only hit jacks in 2 consecutive games, the ALL – Time DH HR leader hit 2 of them, in both Tuesday and Wednesday’s game.

For his efforts, he has tied for 2nd in AL HRs.  The man keeps on ticking even at the age of 38.

Nelson Cruz blasted a shot that almost brought the O’s back in a game they trailed the Tigers 6 – 0.  The O’s may have lost 7 – 5, but they continue to receive great play from this man.

Cruz was a bargain basement deal at 1 YR/$8 MIL, for a guy who is currently on pace to smash over 40 HRs, and drive in well over 120 RBI.

These are the kind of numbers the 33 Year Old was posting for the Rangers in 2013, before being placed on 50 game suspension for his part in the Biogenesis PED mess. Read the rest of this entry

Who Owned Baseball Yesterday (May.14) – Updated MLB Yearly ‘WOB’ Standings

(William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

(William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game, 4 hit shutout against the Mets, striking out 8, walking none and getting a base hit for good measure. The Yankees won, 4-0.

Doug Fister gave the Nationals 7 strong innings, with 1 earned run, 5 hits and no walks. He did not get the decision but Washington would beat Arizona, 5-1.

David Murphy went 5-6 with three doubles, driving in five runs, leading Cleveland’s offense in the 15-4 thrashing of the Blue Jays.

Hunter Pence finished 4-5 with a homer and drove in 3 runs as the Giants blew out the Braves, 10-4.

They owned baseball on May.14, 2014.

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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